City Pass San Diego - How to Save BIG in 2023

January 6, 2023

Miles and miles of white sand beaches, enviable weather, and countless first-class attractions to discover make ‘America’s Finest City’ an ideal getaway year-round.

Ready to visit San Diego, but need to stick to a budget? That’s what your San Diego City Pass is for.

Home to a staggering 70-mile coastline, premier theme parks, and a world-famous zoo, San Diego is a modern metropolis disguised as a seaside paradise.

Take the stress and guesswork out of your trip with a handy Go City San Diego Pass

Whether you are traveling in a group or flying solo, it can be tricky (not to mention pricey) to coordinate multiple tickets and passes to all of the popular attractions.

Ideal for tourists who don't want to miss a moment of Southern California fun, the City Pass for San Diego lets you pack your itinerary with the very best top-tier attractions for a fraction of the price.

Ready to learn more about the benefits of a Go San Diego CityPass?

San Diego Hotels

Crave-worthy fish tacos, stunning beaches, and top-notch surfing make the second-largest city in California a destination you'll never forget. Throw in premier naval museums, thrilling aquatic parks, and boatloads of amusement park fun, and you and your family may never want to leave! 

Prolong the adventure of a lifetime by staying a night, or three, at any of our premier San Diego Hotels or Resorts. We offer a wide range of accommodation options, from full-service beachside lodgings with all the amenities to refurbished boutique hotels located in the historic Gaslamp Quarter

exterior of Hotel Indigo lit with colorful lighting surrounded by some trees during night in Savannah, Georgia, USAGo San Diego All-Inclusive Pass

Are you the traveler who leaves no landmark, museum, or attraction unvisited? The Go San Diego All-Inclusive Pass was designed for those who go 'all in,' all the time. Enjoy A-list attractions, including Knott’s Berry Farm, the Birch Aquarium, and Belmont Park.

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Make the most of your time in sunny San Diego with the one pass that allows you to see unlimited attractions over 1, 2, 3, 5, and 7-day combinations.

1 Day City Pass San Diego

2 Day City Pass San Diego

3-Day City Pass San Diego

5 Day City Pass San Diego

7-Day City Pass San Diego

Whatever All-Inclusive pass you choose, you can enjoy unlimited admission to over 50 attractions, including such beloved institutions as the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld® San Diego, LEGOLAND® California, the USS Midway® Museum, and more.

Maximum savings + increased travel flexibility = a killer combo you can't pass up! 

With everything from San Diego Harbor cruises to safari adventures available on Go City®, you can create the custom itinerary of your dreams.

Wide shot looking down on the Dolphin Days Presentation at SeaWorld in San Diego, California, USA

photo credit: Kostya Danko via Facebook

Other Important San Diego All-Inclusive Pass Facts

  • Your pass offers you discounts of up to 50% off retail rates.
  • Activate your pass by visiting your first attraction.
  • Go crazy - see as many attractions as you can handle over 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 7 consecutive days
  • Your pass is valid for the number of days you purchased over a 14-day period
  • Mix pre-booked activities with flexible experiences*
  • Combined admission to SeaWorld is included in all 3, 5, and 7-day passes.
  • 3,5, and 7-day pass holders can choose from one premium attraction.
  • Travel plans hit a snafu? Don’t fret, as all non-activated passes are eligible for a refund within 90 days of their purchase date

*Please note that some attractions may require reservations.

Go City San Diego Explorer Pass

Have you been planning out your San Diego itinerary for months? For organized travelers who are secure in their attraction selection, the San Diego Go City Explorer Pass is the way to go.

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The ideal way to knock out a few firm favorites, the Go San Diego Explorer Pass is available in 2 -7 choice options. 

Explorer 3 Choice Pass San Diego

Explorer 4 Choice Pass San Diego

Explorer 5 Choice Pass San Diego

Explorer 6 Choice Pass San Diego

Explorer 7 Choice Pass San Diego

Whatever Go Explorer Pass you choose, you can enjoy admission to over 45 exhilarating attractions. Test your balance standup paddleboarding in the Bay, or tour the tranquil Japanese Garden at Balboa Park

View of water and gardens at Balboa Park - San Diego, California, USA

photo credit: Balboa Park via Facebook

Other Important San Diego Explorer Pass Facts

  • Your pass offers you discounts of up to 50% off retail rates
  • Activate your pass by visiting your first attraction
  • You will have 60 days after your first attraction visit to use your pass
  • Some popular attractions may require advance reservations 
  • Travel plans hit a snafu? Don’t fret, as all non-activated passes are eligible for a refund within 90 days of their purchase date

*Please note that the following pass options, including Go City Explorer Pass San Diego, Citypass San Diego, and the San Diego City Pass include the gift of a free digital guidebook. Some blackouts may apply.

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The App

Stop fussing around with printers! Trade your paper CityPass tickets for a digital Go City Card San Diego with the app. Using your San Diego City Pass via the Go City®App is as easy as can be! Simply:

  • Download the App to your mobile device (Apple | Google Play)
  • Use your order confirmation number to add your pass to your phone
  • Your phone will receive a QR code when you sync your pass
  • Double-check if any of your desired attractions need a reservation and book!
  • Show your digital pass at each attraction for seamless entry
Tiger laying in water at The San Diego Zoo - San Diego, California, USA

photo credit: San Diego Zoo via Facebook

San Diego City Pass Coupon Options

Hello there, thrifty traveler! While we love a coupon as much as the next smart saver, at the current time, there are no active San Diego City Pass coupons.

San Diego City Pass Discount Options

Bring the breathtaking beauty of the City in Motion to your nearest and dearest when you utilize the San Diego City Pass group discount options. Hang out with Big Bird at Sesame Place San Diego or go brick crazy at LEGOLAND when you explore San Diego with a group of 10 or more.

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San Diego City Pass Attractions

SeaWorld San Diego

Buckets of under-the-sea fun are what's on deck when you visit the perennial favorite, SeaWorld San Diego. 

Brace yourself for a tidal wave of adventure as you ride Manta, a high-speed double-launch roller coaster, spend time with playful penguins, and get (a little) too close for comfort with the sharks in the underwater viewing tunnel.

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An incredible mashup of exhilarating rides, educational exhibits, and exotic animal encounters makes SeaWorld a splashing great way to spend a day in San Diego. 

Pro Tip: Got a stomach of steel? Then, conquer Emperor SeaWorld's newest high-speed coaster, which features a 90 degrees drop into a diving plunge!

Boy holding a dolphin at the Dolphin Encounter at Seaworld San Diego - San Diego, California, USASan Diego City Pass LEGOLAND California

Brick by brick, everything at LEGOLAND California is designed to delight little Lego aficionados. An oasis of family-friendly fun featuring over 60 kid-friendly rides, shows, and attractions, Legoland provides an unparalleled imaginative theme park experience.

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Tiny tykes will love the manageable thrills provided by Coastersaurus and Emmet's Flying Adventure ride. Don't forget to unleash your creativity in Fun Town, where you'll travel through the Amazon, into Ancient Egypt, and the Arctic via the Adventurer's Club.

Pro Tip: Obsessed with the Lego movies? Embrace your own 'awesome' when you visit Legoland's newest addition, the Lego Movie World, where your favorite characters and attractions from the hit movies come to life.

Stop by Emmet's Super Suite, meet his colorful cast of friends, or create the brick masterpiece of your dreams at the Build Watevra You Wa'Na Build building zone.

Kids walking with LEGOLAND characters at a meet-and-greet in San Diego, California, USASan Diego Zoo City Pass

Let's get wild! An institution of wildlife education and conservation, for over 100 years, the San Diego Zoo has been a staple attraction on any San Diego travel plan. With a dazzling array of over 4,000 rare and endangered creatures, 4-D theater shows, interactive play areas, and engaging wildlife encounters, the Zoo is sure to please even the crankiest of critters.

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Go down under, and marvel at the unmatched charm of our cuddly Koala friends in Koalafornia Adventure, or take to the skies to see the sprawling park from above when you board the Skyfari Aerial Tram.

Other amazing San Diego Zoo highlights include:

  • Guided Bus Tour
  • Riding the Balboa Miniature Park Train
  • Glimpsing at the Great Apes & rare Komodo Dragons
  • Checking out the penguins, baboons, and the mysterious fossa at Africa Rocks

family standing with rhino at san diego zoo in californiaSan Diego Zoo Safari Park

Searching for an epic safari experience that will have you swear you've been teleported into deepest Africa? Then it's time to slather on that sunblock and prepare for an incredible day of spotting lounging lions, grazing antelope, and foraging African elephants.

The San Diego Zoo Safari Park's expansive 1,800 acres of natural habitats provide you with a one-of-a-kind opportunity for a completely immersive safari experience. 

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Choose to safari your own way, from 130 ft above the ground as you zipline or from the comfort of a cozy safari truck.

Besides glimpsing at the great beasts of the African plains, you will have your hands full of thrills when you ride both the Cheetah Run and the AfricaTram.

Pro Tip: Don't skip out on the informational and exciting live animal shows and talks that cover subjects as varied as Sumatran tigers to free-flight bird training.

family of three holding food for giraffe standing outside and smiling at San Diego Zoo Safari Park in San Diego, California, USABelmont Park

Classic amusement park rides + a gorgeous beachfront setting = one theme park you'll never forget! Get excited for a day of thrills, arcade games, and beachside bars when you stop by the legendary Belmont Park. 

For almost a century, locals and tourists alike have enjoyed sun-soaked shopping, dining, attractions, and entertainment here.

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Kids of all ages will go gaga for these vintage-themed rides, including the Tilt-a-whirl, Overdrive bumper cars, and the rolling Giant Dipper roller coaster. 

Looking to keep it more low-key? Then how about a round of Tiki Town Mini Golf, or enjoy a frosty pina colada with your feet in the sand at the Beach House?

Close up view of the sign for Belmont Park with the Giant Dipper behind it in San Diego, California, USA

photo credit: Belmont Park via Facebook

Birch Aquarium at Scripps

Maritime merriment and amusement await you at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps. Take a deep dive into the mysterious biome of the big blue ocean when you visit this esteemed center of oceanography and conservation.

The Birch Aquarium features over 60 distinct habitats with over 5,000 fish. In addition, it has schools and schools of hands-on exhibits and interactive displays budding under the sea; explorers won't know where to look first.

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Some 'can't miss' aquatic highlights of the aquarium are:

  • The staggering two-story, 70,000-gallon Giant Kelp Forest Exhibit.
  • Shark shores - come fin to fin with the local La Jolla Leopard Sharks.
  • Tidepool Plaza- touch, feel, and interact with the sea stars, sea anemones, hermit crabs, sea cucumbers, and lobsters that call tidal pools home.
  • Beyster Family Little Blue Penguins (new) - the Birch is the only aquarium in the Western U.S. to host this adorable species of penguin!
children lined up along aquarium looking at fish at Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego, California, USA

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USS Midway Museum

Calling all military mavericks! No visit to San Diego is complete without a stop at the historic Midway Museum. The USS Midway Museum is the longest-serving U.S. Navy aircraft carrier of the 20th century. Also, this floating fortress once housed over 225,000 Midway sailors who valiantly served our country.

Marinate in the history of this great vessel and the bravery of these men as you pursue more than 60 exhibits and 29 restored aircraft. 

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Traverse the expansive floating Hanger Deck and learn all about the Battle of Midway. In addition, you can head to the shadowy cabins below to see how sailors ate, slept, and even worshiped aboard this 'city at sea.'

Pro Tip: Feeling the need for speed? All Top Gun fans or future pilots won't be able to pass up the opportunity to try the two exhilarating flight simulators: Air Combat 360 and Screaming Eagles.

Close up photo of a Navy airplane on the USS Midway with a blue and cloudy sky in the background in San Diego, California

photo credit: USS Midway Museum via Facebook

Speed Boat Adventure Tour

Feel the ocean breeze on your skin and the wind in your hair as you take to the high seas on the San Diego Speed Boat Adventure Tour. In addition, captain your F13 mini-speed boat on this adrenaline-pumping escapade that puts you in control.

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Cruise along leisurely, or kick things into high gear with your 30-horsepower motor. Your 13-foot speed boat will provide the highest level of safety and comfort. Meanwhile, allowing you to absorb unparalleled views and guided narration of:

  • Navy Ships
  • USS Midway aircraft museum
  • Coronado Bridge
  • famous Star of India
  • Seaport Village

Pro Tip: Never driven a boat before? Don't fret; your tour includes instructions on boating basics. In addition, you'll receive rules of the road that will leave you feeling seaworthy in no time!

couple on neon green speed boat with view of houses and trees in distance during day for San Diego Speed Boat Adventures in San Diego, California, USA

photo credit: San Diego Speed Boat Adventures via Facebook

3-Day Hop-On/Hop-Off San Diego Trolley Tour*

Everyone knows about San Diego's famous beaches. However, besides pristine white sand and crashing waves, there's a whole world of unique history and heritage to uncover in America's Finest City. 

Soak in the stories and sights of this fair metropolis with the 3-Day Hop-On/Hop-Off San Diego Trolley Tour. 

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This two-hour tour allows you to sightsee to your heart's content. In addition, it melds amazing points of interest with a fascinating history and anecdotal tidbits.

Marvel at the spectacular views of Big Bay and the city skyline from atop the two-mile-long Coronado Bridge. In addition, let yourself be charmed by the quaint brick facades of the Gaslamp Quarter

Other notable stops and points of interest on your tour include:

  • Old Town State Park.
  • Balboa Park, including The Old Globe Theatre and the San Diego Zoo.
  • The Island of Coronado, including the famous historic hotel and beach.
  • And more!

Pro Tip: As the name suggests, this tour allows you to hop on/hop off at your leisure. Therefore, you can hop off at any stop or stay put for the full two-hour narrated tour. In addition, trolleys come by every 30 minutes, so you'll never have to wait too long for a ride!

view of gaslamp quarter street at night in san diego

photo credit: Gaslamp Quarter via Facebook

Bike and Kayak Tours La Jolla

With 266 days of pure golden sunshine a year, there's no better place to get outside and get active than San Diego. 

Take to the beaches or the sea when you sign up for a bike or kayak tour from La Jolla.

Biking

Go for the scenic route as you enjoy a full-day bike rental from Bike and Kayak Tours. Pedaling at your leisure, you can explore the serene boardwalk, Mission Bay Park, Crystal Pier, and La Jolla Cove.

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Safety first! Your bike rental includes a bike helmet and a handy map. So, you can be sure to plot out your perfect itinerary pre-riding.

Kayaking

Double the fun when you and your partner lifevest up for an energizing 90-minute tandem kayak ride on the open sea.

Perfect your stroke, and see if you can spot the city's famous sea lions basking in the sun. Your kayaking escapade through the La Jolla beach area will be filled with natural beauty. In addition, you'll view iconic San Diego sights, like the Scripps Pier.

Keep your eyes wide, and you might just catch a flash of a native leopard shark or shovelnose guitarfish!

sunset at the Ellen Browning Scripps Memorial Pier near San Diego, California, USA

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Ready to Visit San Diego While on a Budget?

The sparkling blue waters of the San Diego Harbor, stunning sunsets at Coronado Beach, and the Victorian Gaslamp Quarter all blend to create a portrait of one of America's most vibrant and beautiful cities.

Overflowing with lush natural beauty, rich history, culture, and iconic attractions, this City in Motion is not to be missed.

Regardless if you see the sights by foot, bike, trolley, or even your own speed boat, there are endless attractions to visit in this Southern California paradise.

From the world-famous Zoo to the carefree joy of mini golf at Belmont Park, savor every memorable moment of your San Diego getaway when you purchase a Go City pass San Diego.

*denoted premium attraction

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